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  • Reopening that żipp

    Reopening that żipp

    Coryse Borg learns why after six years, Unifaun is once again staging this hilarious play by prolific writer Trevor Żahra… with a few new twists and tweaks here and there. “Friends tell me I should do more theatre in Maltese,” says Unifaun founder...

  • Meting out justice

    Meting out justice

    The Equalizer (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 131 minutesDirected by: Antoine FuquaStarring: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, David Meunier, Johnny Skourtis, Alex Veadov,...

  • A tour of Paris’s underworld

    A tour of Paris’s underworld

    As Above, So Below (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 93 minutesDirected by: John Erick DowdleStarring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali MarhyarKRS Releasing Ltd As Above, So Below is a found footage movie,...

  • For the love of dolphins

    For the love of dolphins

    Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)Certified: 107 minutesDirected by: Charles Martin SmithStarring: Harry Connick, Jr, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Kris Kristofferson, Morgan Freeman, Julia Jordan, Austin Stowell, Cozi ZuehlsdorffKRS Releasing Ltd Sawyer Nelson...

  • Concert in aid of Hospice Malta

    The Philharmonic Society La Vincitrice of Senglea, under the direction of Brian Cassar, will be giving a concert of light music with the collaboration of the Valletta Cruise Port at the Valletta Waterfront on Sunday from 12.30pm to 2pm.All...

  • Fuego still a hotspot in St Julian's

    Fuego still a hotspot in St Julian's

    Fuego St Julian’s has proven that it is still a hotspot in Malta’s entertainment scene.Following its relaunch last year, Fuego retained its iconic Latin Party concept, intensified by world-class DJs from Cuba, Brazil and Venezuela, playing a mix...

  • Denzel sharpens his tools in action thriller

    Denzel sharpens his tools in action thriller

    After watching the The Equalizer, moviegoers might never see the friendly guy at the home improvement store who picks out their tools and plywood in the same way. In the action thriller that opened in the US this weekend, Denzel Washington plays...

  • Cumberbatch would go on playing Sherlock

    Cumberbatch would go on playing Sherlock

    Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch said he could still be playing the super sleuth as a pensioner. The 38-year-old actor, who has become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand stars since taking on the role, said the plot for next year’s Christmas...

  • Leonardo restoration sheds light on genius as young man

    Leonardo restoration sheds light on genius as young man

    If there is any mind an art restorer would die to get into, it would be that of Leonardo da Vinci, the master painter, architect, engineer and inventor whose genius epitomised the brilliance of the Renaissance. That is the unique opportunity...

  • 28 productions for Żigużajg

    28 productions for Żigużajg

    With 28 productions and some 200 performers, this year’s edition of Żigużajg International Children’s Festival promises to offer young ones another magical arts experience with a multi-disciplinary approach. “This year we have an even bigger...

  • Setting the stage for style

    Setting the stage for style

    Those of you who love food, music and Valletta will probably have already heard of the restaurant Aziamendi, the brainchild of British millionaire philanthropist Mark Weingard which has been set up in the heart of our capital city for 100...

  • Opium of the classes

    Opium of the classes

    Mark Mallia might just be the most promising artist to emerge from Malta. In December he is exhibiting in the US at the Miami Art Basel, a major international hub for art dealers, collectors and enthusiasts, with subsequent exhibitions planned in...

  • Baroque music in perfect setting

    Baroque music in perfect setting

    The Eight Languages of the Knights of Malta was the appropriate title for one of the concerts at this year’s Malta International Organ Festival. The recital was given by the Sicilian organist, Diego Cannizzaro, a specialist in interpretation on...

  • The golden Goldbergs

    Sometimes you listen to a recording, and right away you feel it is going to be different. Some-times one simple chord is all it takes to give you that feeling. Joanne Camilleri’s recently-released CD of Bach’s Goldberg Variations is one such...

  • Concert to be held on restored organ

    The recently-restored Mascioni pipe organ that at the church of St Francis in Valletta will be the focus of a concert that will be held during this year’s Notte Bianca. Built in 1932, the organ is listed as Opus 443, one of 12 found in Malta (the...

  • Norwegian wood

    Norwegian wood

    “I first played the Bruch Violin Concerto at 15, in Rio de Janeiro.” Bruch in Rio? Playing concertos at the age of 15? Charlie Siem belongs to a new generation of musicians who offer a curious blend of traditional and new. Playing concertos in...

  • It’s għana, but not as we know it

    It’s għana, but not as we know it

    Guitarist and teacher Evan Plumpton tells David Schembri how, on Notte Bianca, 35 guitarists of different abilities are going to play with folk singers – but in a different style. Every Sunday, after Mass, a young Evan Plumpton – aged around 10 –...

  • Red lights on a white, swinging night

    Red lights on a white, swinging night

    Back in the good, old days of Malta as a navy base and the ancillary trades this brought with it, Valletta’s Strait Street was the place to go for a good time. Now, the street is showing very positive signs of life, with classy restaurants rubbing...

  • For whom the bells toll

    For whom the bells toll

    Bellophone will see visitors to Notte Bianca choosing what music to play on a number of Valletta church bells, using a central console to control the notes. Ramona Depares asks Mario Sammut, who ­originated the concept, to explain more. On...

  • Festival Mediterranea returns to Gozo

    Teatru Astra has announced the 13th edition of Festival Mediterranea, a series of concerts and events that bring together Italian opera and traditional music with other cultural events. This year’s pride of place goes to the production of Verdi’s...

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